In 1985 ‘The Sun’ reported that in a series of fires that occurred in over 100 households, there was only one thing that connected them all.
The painting of ‘The Crying Boy’ according to firefighters was frequently found undamaged amidst the ruins of burned households.
The Crying Boy is a mass-produced print of a painting by Italian painter Giovanni Bragolin. It was widely distributed from the 1950s onwards.
In existence, there are a few variations of crying boys and girls. Since then there is a legend that the indestructible.
Steve Punt, a British writer and comedian, investigated the curse of the crying boy in a BBC Radio 4 production called Punt PI. Even though his radio series are mostly comedic he investigated the curse of the crying boy.
The conclusion reached by the programme, following testing at the Building Research Establishment, is that the prints were treated with a varnish containing fire retardant, and that the string holding the painting to the wall would be the first to deteriorate, resulting in the painting landing face down on the floor and thus being protected, although no explanation was given as to why no other paintings were turning up unscathed.